The U of M Deputy Provost for Justice and Inclusion makes a huge mistake

We all know, or some might say, that the University of Michigan (U of M) has a great reputation as an elite educational institution. An institution that had many intelligent people who not only worked at the university but went to the university.

With so many bright people working at and attending the University of Michigan, you wouldn’t believe that they would make such a catastrophic mistake on a very important email they are sending to every single student at their prestigious university.

Well, you would be wrong.

Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion at U of M, recently emailed all U of M students Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department it said:

If we are to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive university, we must continue on our path and renew our commitment to this work, which includes promoting anti-racism, anti-ableism, anti-Semitism, gender justice, and building a climate resistant to sexual misconduct

Promote anti-Semitism?

I understand that this was most likely an accident. Didn’t they proofread that email before sending it? I also understand that proofreading might overlook some things that have happened to me before and will likely happen to me again. That the Justice and Inclusion Department at U of M missed the part of the email where they say they will work to advance anti-Semitism is a pretty big mistake. With all the “smart” people that work for them, how did that happen?

Someone must have let them know what they emailed each and every student because the department issued one excuse it said:

To the university community,

An email was sent to our campus community earlier today outlining our commitment to the next phase of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the University of Michigan.

In our effort to communicate our commitment to advancing numerous DEI efforts and dismantling antisemitism efforts, we have clearly misrepresented our intentions and inadvertently implied that we support antisemitism. This is the exact opposite of our intention. Therefore, I would like to clarify our intention:

The University of Michigan remains vigilant and actively engaged in reducing antisemitism through our new and ongoing commitment to our DEI work.

On a personal level, I would like to apologize to all members of our community for this bug and the damage it has caused. As Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan, my personal and professional commitment to dismantling oppression and discrimination in all forms, including antisemitism, is at the core of who I aspire to be.

I would like to point out that neither the Detroit News nor the Detroit Free Press report on this error. I wonder why? Maybe they were too busy writing about President Trump.

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